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Ballinamallard set up cracking title clash with Newry

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On the up: Harry McConkey has Ballinimallard flying up the table. Credit: INPHO/Philip Magowan

On the up: Harry McConkey has Ballinimallard flying up the table. Credit: INPHO/Philip Magowan

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On the up: Harry McConkey has Ballinimallard flying up the table. Credit: INPHO/Philip Magowan

Ballinamallard United have closed the gap behind long-time leaders Newry City at the top of the Lough 41 Championship to just three points after their crucial weekend 2-1 victory at fellow promotion chasers Annagh United.

The victory for Harry McConkey’s men sets up the biggest game of the season so far in the second tier with Newry visiting Ferney Park this Saturday.

Both Ballinamallard goals came from Simon Warrington who last week returned to the club after a spell with Fivemiletown United.

McConkey said: “Simon has pace, an eye for goal and a great work ethic. We are delighted to have him on board and he gives us more depth in our front line.”

The gracious Mallards boss also thanked Fivemiletown management team Chris McDowell and Barry Anderson for helping Warrington become a ‘more confident and mature footballer’.

The only downside for Ballinamallard at third-placed Annagh, who scored through Owen McConville, was a red card for influential skipper Richard Clarke.

Loughgall are in fourth after a 1-1 draw at Dergview with Benny Igiehon and Nathaniel Ferris swapping goals while Niall Currie led his Dundela team to an impressive 3-1 victory at his old club, Ards. Gary Donnelly put the home side ahead but the Duns roared back through Dee Fearon and a double from teenage substitute Rhys Annett.

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Elsewhere, bottom side Queen’s grabbed only their third league win of the campaign, beating Knockbreda 3-1 with goals from Leon Bonnes, Chris Middleton and Ciaran O’Hare while second bottom Institute overcame Ballyclare 2-1 at Dixon Park. Liam Hassin opened the scored for the Comrades with Brendan McLaughlin and Mark McFadden striking late to win it for the visitors.


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